Happy Birthday, Jane!

Jane is one of the sweetest, funniest five-year-olds in the world. She’s a great example to our family and is learning new things every day. And she looks awesome in sunglasses. Happy birthday, Jane!

Jane’s video game series

One afternoon, Jane sat down and decided she wanted to draw her favorite Nintendo games. It was fun to go through these and identify the games she was trying to draw, but more impressive was the realization that she drew all of these without referencing a single thing outside her own memory and imagination. She either has a special gift, or plays way too many video games. And she doesn’t play too many video games. You would have to be very familiar with the following games to be able to recognize all of the crazy details she recalled and included in her pictures…awesome.

Super Mario Galaxy…yes, that is Luigi peeking from the corner


Just Dance

Lego Star Wars

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Mario Kart

2-for-1: Lego Batman & De Blob

Jane’s latest submission

Sometimes when I am working on homework or on the clock for work in the mornings, I’ll close the office door to focus. Whenever I do that, I’ll often hear the sound of paper on carpet and I’ll look over to find one of Jane’s drawings or paintings slipped under the door. This is her child-to-parent submission process when she suspects I’m too busy to see her. This morning, Jane surprised me yet again:
I did what I always do: threw open the door and gave Jane a big hug. And that’s the parent-to-child submission process I hope to use every day.


Sometimes we get desperate during shopping trips and pull out the big guns. This time it was bubbles, and they were met with more attention than we were expecting. A couple of people seemed annoyed (sorry folks! it was better than the alternative meltdown!), but most seemed delighted. Jane’s comment was my favorite:

“Mom, some people don’t know me, but they sure love bubbles!”